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Op-Ed: “What Can’t Be Debated on Campus”

Op-Ed: Amy Wax, What Can’t Be Debated on Campus, Wall St. Journal, Feb. 16, 2018 [for those who followed the debates about Wax’s original op-ed, here is a follow-up op-ed by Wax that may or may not interest you].


New Book: “Racial Taxation: Schools, Segregation, and Taxpayer Citizenship, 1869–1973”

Racial TaxationNew Book: Camille Walsh, Racial Taxation: Schools, Segregation, and Taxpayer Citizenship, 1869–1973 (2018). Summary below:

In the United States, it is quite common to lay claim to the benefits of society by appealing to “taxpayer citizenship”–the idea that, as taxpayers, we deserve access to certain social services like a public education. Tracing the genealogy of this concept, Camille Walsh shows how tax policy and taxpayer identity were built on the foundations of white supremacy and intertwined with ideas of whiteness. From the origins of unequal public school funding after the Civil War through school desegregation cases from Brown v. Board of Education to San Antonio v. Rodriguez in the 1970s, this study spans over a century of racial injustice, dramatic courtroom clashes, and white supremacist backlash to collective justice claims.

Incorporating letters from everyday individuals as well as the private notes of Supreme Court justices as they deliberated, Walsh reveals how the idea of a “taxpayer” identity contributed to the contemporary crises of public education, racial disparity, and income inequality.

Op-Ed: “America’s poor subsidize wealthier consumers in a vicious income inequality cycle”

Op-Ed: Aaron Klein, America’s poor subsidize wealthier consumers in a vicious income inequality cycle, Brookings, Feb. 6, 2018.

Blog Post: “The Economics of Family Behavior”

Blog Post: June Carbone & Naomi Cahn, The Economics of Family Behavior, Inst. for Family Studies, Feb. 8, 2018.

New Book: “Who Speaks for the Poor?: Electoral Geography, Party Entry, and Representation”

SpeaksNew Book: Karen Long Jusko, Who Speaks for the Poor?: Electoral Geography, Party Entry, and Representation (2017). Overview below:

Who Speaks for the Poor? explains why parties represent some groups and not others. This book focuses attention on the electoral geography of income, and how it has changed over time, to account for cross-national differences in the political and partisan representation of low-income voters. Jusko develops a general theory of new party formation that shows how changes in the geographic distribution of groups across electoral districts create opportunities for new parties to enter elections, especially where changes favor groups previously excluded from local partisan networks. Empirical evidence is drawn first from a broadly comparative analysis of all new party entry and then from a series of historical case studies, each focusing on the strategic entry incentives of new low-income peoples’ parties. Jusko offers a new explanation for the absence of a low-income people’s party in the USA and a more general account of political inequality in contemporary democratic societies.

[Self-Promoting Post] New Op-Ed: “Trump’s all out war on the poor”

[Self-Promoting Post] New Op-Ed: Ezra Rosser, Trump’s all out war on the poor, The Hill, Feb. 15, 2018.

New Book: “Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor”

Automating InequalityNew Book: Virginia Eubanks, Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor (2018).

Citylab interview with the author here.

New Article: “Undignified: The Supreme Court, Racial Justice, and Dignity Claims”

New Article: Darren Hutchinson, Undignified: The Supreme Court, Racial Justice, and Dignity Claims, 69 Fla. L. Rev. 1 (2017). Abstract below:

The Supreme Court has interpreted the Equal Protection Clause as a formal equality mandate. In response, legal scholars have advocated alternative conceptions of equality, such as antisubordination theory, that interpret equal protection in more substantive terms. Antisubordination theory would consider the social context in which race-based policies emerge and recognize material distinctions between policies intended to oppress racial minorities and those designed to ameliorate past and current racism. Antisubordination theory would also closely scrutinize facially neutral state action that systemically disadvantages vulnerable social groups. The Court has largely ignored these reform proposals. Modern Supreme Court rulings, however, have invoked the concept of dignity in order to redress discrimination against disadvantaged classes. Other opinions make appeals to dignity in order to protect or recognize fundamental rights or liberties for marginalized groups. These rulings—together with progressive uses of dignity in foreign constitutional law and in human rights and humanitarian law—have led some scholars to promote dignity-based litigation as an alternative to the Court’s formal equality doctrine. Advocates of racial justice, however, should approach these arguments with extreme skepticism. Current doctrine relies upon dignity to invalidate race-based remedies and civil rights statutes. The Court, however, does not recognize the stigmatizing nature of de facto discrimination. Equal protection doctrine extends greater protection to privileged classes than to disadvantaged groups. Judicial ideology, rather than lack of a persuasive theory of equality, explains these results.

New Article: “Money in the Mental Lives of the Poor”

MoneyNew Article: Anuj K. Shah et al., Money in the Mental Lives of the Poor, Social Cognition: Vol. 36, Special Issue: The Status of Status: Vistas from Social Cognition, pp. 4-19 (2018). Abstract below:

Recent research has studied how resource scarcity draws attention and creates cognitive load. As a result, scarcity improves some dimensions of cognitive function, while worsening others. Still, there remains a fundamental question: how does scarcity influence the content of cognition? In this article, we find that poor individuals (i.e., those facing monetary scarcity) see many everyday experiences through a different lens. Specifically, thoughts about cost and money are triggered by mundane circumstances, they are difficult to suppress, they change mental associations, and they interfere with other experiences. We suggest that the poor see an economic dimension to many everyday experiences that to others may not appear economic at all.

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Op-Ed: “Single Mothers Are Not the Problem”

Op-Ed: David Brady et al., Single Mothers Are Not the Problem, N.Y. Times, Feb. 11, 2018.